Taiwanese ministry launches ‘4G+’ experimental infrastructure

10 Aug 2015

Taiwan’s Ministry of Economic Affairs (MoEA) has reportedly begun trials of a ‘4G+’ (4G/4.5G/5G) experimental mobile network designed to allowing the nation’s hardware vendors to test interoperability between their equipment – such as smartphones, small cell and Wi-Fi devices – while also enabling local cellcos to test technologies such as voice-over-LTE (VoLTE). According to the Digitimes, under the Ministry’s sponsorship the experimental infrastructure consists of three divisions, separately operated by the government-sponsored Industrial Technology Research Institute, the Institute for Information Industry, and the government-run National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology. Ericsson, Nokia, Alcatel-Lucent, NEC and Rohde & Schwarz are all understood to be providing testing equipment, while multi-service operators Chunghwa Telecom and Far Eastern Telecommunications will provide service testing platforms for the network. With the infrastructure to be used for trials over 17 different frequency bands, it will reportedly be continually adjusted in terms of testing equipment, frequency bands and technology standards based on the latest developments in mobile technology.